Leo is the fifth of the 12 signs of the zodiac, which begins its cycle mid-summer every year during Leo season—which falls around July 23-August 22. Ruled by the proud and fierce Lion, Leo energy is expressive and flamboyant in nature.
It makes us fiercely protective of our passion projects and our loved ones. Bold, intelligent, warm, and courageous, fire sign Leo is a natural leader of the Zodiac, ready to blaze a trail, vanquish injustice, and make a name for themselves along the way. Blessed with high self-esteem, Lions know that they possess enviable traits—and they’re proud of them.
They don’t believe in false modesty and will be the first to praise them for a job well done. This sign knows that in order to be respected and admired, he or she needs to put in the effort worthy of a leader. Leo inspires us to lead from the heart and wear our emotions on our sleeves.
Under a Leo planetary transit, we can get swept away in our personal theatrics and romantic affairs, fully opening ourselves to the splendor of our desires and self-expression. The essence of Leo energy is courageous, kind, generous, loyal, protective, nakedly honest and entertaining.
Negative manifestations of Leo energy can be arrogant, greedy, sloppy, cold-hearted, jealous, aggressive and vain. Leo energy can cause us to upstage those around us, forgetting that each and every person is a valuable member of a team.
However, we can direct the Leo flair for powerful leadership and let everyone have their spot in the sunshine. Used properly, Leo energy leaves others awakened and revitalized in an empowering way.
Chief among the traits of a Leo is their fierce need for self-expression. A Leo has a strong personality and a desire to take the stage(both literally and proverbially).
They are proud and will wear their heart on their sleeve, but can often get swept away in personal theatrics. A Leo can upstage others, forgetting that each and every person is a valuable member of a team.
Yet, Leo’s flair for powerful leadership can also let everyone have their spot in the sunshine. Leo is the sign of a hopeless romantic. As the zodiac’s fifth sign, Leo loves to be the center of attention.
Domineering and always in the center of attention, Leos don’t mind taking charge of the situation in which they’re involved.
They believe in themselves and are similar to Arieses because they also want to be leaders and feel the happiest when in a position of authority.
Just like the lion in the jungle, Leos can rule and love to see the big picture, making all kind of grandiose acts when with others.
Sometimes they can scare others and have problems because they’re too controlling. Having high ideals and a philosophical view on life, they’re also very intelligent and usually respect traditions because they have a devotion that can’t be equaled.
What makes them great leaders is their ability to see the root of problems and to find solutions faster than others.
Many of their subordinates will admire and respect them for who they are and what they are doing. They need to be loved just as much as they need to be in the middle of things.
Their energy and vitality are incredible, which means they’ll be successful most of the time. Many are inspired to be like them, so the more they see others want to copy their style, the more energetic and optimistic they become.
Always loyal and warm, Leos have many good friends that love them for being funny and great problem solvers. No matter how difficult the times, they will always respect people and won’t step on toes in order to get what they want.
Just like any other sign, Leos have also weaknesses. For example, they’re too domineering and overconfident, which means they can become arrogant and superficial.
It’s very possible for them to be unproductive as well, especially when thinking they’re not appreciated at their true value.
It’s very important for these natives to have a good image, this meaning they’re self-centered and need to be having the power more than anyone else.
As a matter of fact, their need to be recognized and appreciated for their talents can be sometimes too much.
Leos love excited life and to do things in a big way, which means they don’t like ordinary people and everyday life.
If they don’t pay attention to their emotions, they can become annoying and not aware of their own heart.
When lacking compassion, they become demanding and no longer know what their responsibilities are. It’s impossible to criticize them because they become impulsive and believe they’re the only ones right.
In a conflict, they rarely back down and their temper seems to sometimes spin out of control. However, they’ll never do something to hurt anyone in order for them to achieve their goals.
When things don’t go as they want them to, they become tired, weak and they start to complain.
Leo is one of the three zodiac signs ruled under the fire element. The other two fire signs are Aries and Sagittarius. Since Leo is the second fire element in the zodiac, it turns the flame into a roaring fire with the intensity of its heat felt by all. Many Leo people are magnetic performers and natural-born leaders.
Under the influence of a Leo planetary cycle, we’ll all feel the burning desire to steal the spotlight and shine, shine, shine! At the same time, we may step on some toes and get a little overzealous, even pissing people off with our bossy demeanor.
When the fire element is present, there’s a warm radiance, a trust in life’s journey and a willingness to take risks. Any party or celebration is made better with the presence of a fully charged fire sign.
They’re great catalysts for play, liable to unearth the spontaneity of those around them. Because they sense a golden thread of destiny and potential running through their lives, they have a knack for leading others to theirs.
Fire signs act on instinct, or “sixth sense,” which makes them look reckless to more cautious types. They’re following a powerful intuition that keeps them at the leading edge of fresh experiences.
Fire is infused with the divine spark, which can spread like wildfire to everyone around them. Their lust for life is enviable. Those who are weighed down might try to toss a wet blanket on their enthusiasm, so the fire must vigilantly guard its beacon. It’s important for them to have cheerleaders to fan the flames of their interests.
But fire who thinks only of itself learns the wisdom of the other elements the hard way. They’ll keep coming up against resistance until there is a willingness to see there are no shortcuts. Each of the other elements has something to offer, and in return, fire gives off a glow that is as nourishing as the rays of the sun.
Leo is ruled by the great ball of fire that is the center of our universe, the Sun. Typically, the Sun represents the ego and the masculine life force energy found in humans. In Ancient Greek and Roman Mythology, Apollo was the Sun god who drove his chariot of flaming horses around the Earth during the day time, setting the skies afire with bright light.
It’s no wonder that Leo has such fierce and fiery fervency! As the sun puts forth light, so it brings forth life. This planet (also known as a luminary and a star) represents the self, one’s personality, and ego, the spirit and what it is that makes the individual unique.
It is our identity and our face to the world. The sun also speaks to creative ability and the power of the individual to meet the challenges of everyday life.
The sun is majestic, and in keeping with its regal air, it rules royalty and higher office. This orb also lords over our health and well-being. The sun’s golden glow is a vital life force which imbues us with strength, energy and a will to succeed. It is the sun that gives strength to the other planets, which is why this planet occupies a key role in astrology.
The sun spends about a month visiting each sign and takes a year to journey through the 12 signs of the zodiac. It is masculine energy and rules Leo and the Fifth House.
The Sun Tarot card radiates with optimism and positivity. A large, bright sun shines in the sky, representing the source of all life on Earth. Underneath, four sunflowers grow tall above a brick wall, representing the four suits of the Minor Arcana and the four elements.
In the foreground, a young, naked child is sitting on top of a calm white horse. The child represents the joy of being connected with your inner spirit, and his nakedness is a sign he has nothing to hide and has all the innocence and purity of childhood. The white horse is also a sign of purity and strength.
The Sun represents success, radiance, and abundance. The Sun gives you strength and tells you that no matter where you go or what you do, you’re positive and radiant energy will follow you and bring you happiness and joy. People are drawn to you because you can always see the bright side and bring such warmth to other people’s lives.
This beautiful, warm energy is what will get you through the tough times and help you succeed. You are also in a position where you can share your highest qualities and achievements with others. Radiate who you are and what you stand for; shine your love on those you care about.
The reversed Sun is calling to your inner child to come out and play! As adults, we get so lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life that we forget how to have fun. But spend just a few minutes watching a kid play, and you realize how wonderful and carefree life can be when you learn to let go of your worries and concerns.
When you see the Sun reversed in your Tarot reading, see it as your permission slip to leave behind your work and responsibilities, even just for a moment, and play. Dance like no-one is watching, sing like no-one is listening, and let your heart and soul fly free.
Leos are highly energetic and tend to always be busy, no matter the need for their employment. They are ambitious, creative and optimistic and once they dedicate to their work, they will do everything just right.
The best possible situation they can find themselves in is to be their own bosses or manage others with as little control from their superiors as possible. Jobs that allow open expressions of artistic talent, such as acting and entertainment, are ideal for a Leo.
Management, education, and politics are also a good fit, as well as anything that puts them in a leadership position which naturally suits them.
Leos love to be surrounded by modern and trendy things, and although money comes easy to them, they spend it less responsibly than some other signs of the zodiac.
Extremely generous, they could provide many friends with financial help, supporting them through bad times. Although this doesn’t always prove to be wise, it always makes them feel good.